Last week, people, book sellers the world (well, UK definitely) over became much the richer for stocking copies of the gorgeous, fabulous "Della Says: OMG!" and here's what the equally gorgeous and fabulous author, Keris Stainton, had to say about... well, lots of things....starting with...
Strictly or X-Factor?
Until last year I would have been Strictly all the way. I've always been mad about Strictly and had never seen X Factor, but then everyone was tweeting about it and I felt left out so I watched it just so I could join in the tweeting (yes, I know I'm sad) and ended up having a great time. Jedward's performance of Oops I Did It Again aside, the tweeting was far more entertaining than the show though.
Where did you get your inspiration for “Della Says: OMG!”?
When I was a teenager, my sister had a party while the rest of the family was away and she was supposed to be staying at a friend's house. When I got home, I couldn't find my diary. It wasn't missing for long and I found it under my mattress (with a very unpleasant message scrawled across one of the pages), but while it was lost I was a nervous wreck, wondering who might be reading it. If, back then, someone had taken my diary the worst they could probably have done was read it out at school or, at a push, photocopy the odd bit. But now with all the social networking? Potential for huge embarrassment.
Which part of “Della Says:” is your favourite and why?
Blimey. Good question. I like the beginning when Della and Maddy are getting ready for the party - I like the sense of anticipation. And I like the part when they go to the beach with their boys because Dan is so scrummy (yes, even though I made him up).
How did you get into the head of a teenager?
Ha. By not growing up? I just think back to when I was that age and it seems ridiculously close. Especially all the injustices and humiliations. I remember them very well.
What books do you like reading?
I absolutely love teen books. My favourite author is Meg Cabot (so you can imagine how excited I was when she gave me a quote for my book), but I also love E Lockhart and Maureen Johnson. Adult-wise, I love Marian Keyes, Lisa Jewell and Jennifer Weiner.
I got a two book deal and my next book should be out next summer. It's about a girl from Manchester who goes to New York for the summer and a New York boy who's in love with his best friend's girlfriend. The working title is "Jessie *hearts* NYC". I've also finished another YA book and an adult book, which hopefully you'll also get to read at some point!
So, when the movie rights are all sorted, who would you choose to play Della and her man?
Ha! Well a friend of mine dreamed she saw a movie poster for Della with Emma Roberts in the lead. I think Emma Roberts might be a bit old now. I think Penn Badgeley would be gorgeous for Dan, but he's too old too. Pah.
And what sort of movies do YOU like to watch?
My husband laughs at me because whenever we think of watching a film, I say "Can it be a comedy?" But why would I choose to watch something stressful or scary? Having said that, one of my favourite films of all time is The Sixth Sense, which frightened the life out of me and made me cry like a loon. I also love Singin' in the Rain and When Harry Met Sally.
When did you know you wanted to write?
I'm not sure. I always wrote, but it didn't occur to me to write a novel until I was in my mid-twenties. And as soon as I thought of it, I couldn't believe it hadn't occurred to me sooner. But then it took me 10 years to actually finish a novel.
What advice would you give to anyone who wants to write a book?
Read lots. Read the genre you want to write, but read other stuff too. And then just write it. You can get really worked up about it - I spent years researching writing and looking for a "secret" but the fact is, there isn't a secret. You just need to sit down and write. And don't put too much pressure on yourself - it's just a book.
Where can everyone get a copy of “Della Says:OMG!” signed and meet you in person?
You can come to my house if you like! Apart from that, check my blog where I'll certainly mention any appearances.